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  • Public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators have a one-hour period before the start of the curfew and an hour after it ends for personal commute to and from their homes. Operators should not pick-up or drop off passengers during this period.
  • “We’ve had to tighten our curfew hours over the last two weeks as a means of ensuring that we control movement, which would interrupt any transmission that has taken place as a result of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine. It [the curfew] has been very effective,” he said.
  • St. Catherine accounts for the highest number of cases with 293, followed by Kingston and St. Andrew with 107 cases; Clarendon with 35; St. Mary with 18; St. Ann with 12; Manchester with 12; St. James with eight; Portland with seven; St. Elizabeth with five; St. Thomas with two; Westmoreland with two; and Trelawny with one case.

Prime Minister, the Most Andrew Holness, has announced new curfew hours, which will take effect on Wednesday (May 13).

The islandwide curfew is part of measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr. Holness, who was addressing a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday (May 11), said that the new curfew hours will run from 8:00 p.m to. 5:00 a.m. each day up to Sunday, May 24.

For the Labour Day holiday period, the curfew hours will be tightened, starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 to 8:00 a.m. on Monday (May 25), and will continue at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and end at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday (May 26).

A new curfew cycle will commence on Tuesday, with movement restricted between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day, until May 31.

Public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators have a one-hour period before the start of the curfew and an hour after it ends for personal commute to and from their homes. Operators should not pick-up or drop off passengers during this period.

Mr. Holness said similar curfew hours, imposed during the Easter holiday weekend, “worked fairly well”.

He noted that benefits have been reaped from the imposition of the curfew, especially in St. Catherine, which had seen a surge in COVID-19 cases due to an outbreak at the Alorica call centre in Portmore.

“We’ve had to tighten our curfew hours over the last two weeks as a means of ensuring that we control movement, which would interrupt any transmission that has taken place as a result of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine. It [the curfew] has been very effective,” he said.

Jamaica now has 505 confirmed cases of the COVID-19.

St. Catherine accounts for the highest number of cases with 293, followed by Kingston and St. Andrew with 107 cases; Clarendon with 35; St. Mary with 18; St. Ann with 12; Manchester with 12; St. James with eight; Portland with seven; St. Elizabeth with five; St. Thomas with two; Westmoreland with two; and Trelawny with one case.

Hanover remains the only parish with no confirmed case of COVID-19.

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